around town today

thru 11/29: save up to 70% on designer frames at the modo eyewear sample sale. 594 broadway, suite 801 (soho). >>

thru 11/29: authors from 14 countries come to nyc to speak about cultural diversity and heritage, migration and globalization, and other modern challenges during the 14th annual new literature from europe festival. instituto cervantes (midtown east), free (rsvp required). >>

5:30-8pm (+ 11/28-1/4 8am-10pm, closed 12/9): the annual luminaries light installation returns to brookfield place’s winter garden (fidi) with a canopy of color-changing led lanterns. today’s opening includes free ice skating and performances. free. >>

6pm: new york historian and mapmaker john tauranac discusses and signs copies of his book, manhattan’s little secrets: uncovering mysteries in brick and mortar, glass and stone, at nyu bookstore (greenwich village). free admission. >>

6pm: author and former new york times food columnist mark bittman hosts a lecture series on food justice and public health at columbia university. vagelos education center (washington heights), free (rsvp required). >>

6:30pm: learn about the history of scotch whisky, from its humble origins to the world of mad men, with tasting samples included. brooklyn brainery (prospect heights), $15. >>

7pm: author sohaila abdulali shares the viewpoint of a survivor, daughter, mother, counselor, writer and activist in a talk on her book, what we talk about when we talk about rape, in conversation with pulitzer prize winner and macarthur fellow tina rosenberg (the haunted land). mcnally jackson (nolita), free. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): american museum of natural history senior scientist and astrophysicist dr. jackie faherty joins forces with broken earth series author n.k. jemisin to examine what makes our planet unique compared to others, and where artists and scientists alike look for life beyond at tonight’s edition of ‘astronomy live’ at the hayden planetarium space theater (uws). $15 general, $13.50 students/seniors. >>

7pm: astronomy + physics professor janna levin (how the universe got its spots) hosts the scientific controversies series at red hook’s pioneer works. tonight’s topic: dark energy with cosmologist pedro ferreira and theoretical physicist rachel rosen. free (rsvp). >>

7pm (monthly): lgbtqia comedy, prose, and storytelling showcase greetings, from queer mountain returns with tonight’s post-thanksgiving theme, featuring guests sahar romani, kelsey bailey, walter kelly, max steele, and lauren clark. hosted by ralphie hardesty. housing works bookstore cafe (soho), free. >>

7pm: new york shakespeare exchange presents freestyle lab: verses vs. verses, where six contemporary poets will share their work flanked by six shakespearean actors presenting famous speeches from the bard. a discussion of how today’s poetry affects our experience of shakespeare will follow. the theater at the 53rd street library (midtown west). free. >>

7pm: director morgan neville presents a screening of his fred rogers documentary, won’t you be my neighbor?, followed by a conversation with the late show host stephen colbert and his wife evelyn. 92y (ues), free. >>

7pm: the film society of lincoln center hosts a free screening of black panther, followed by a streamed conversation with filmmaker ryan coogler in california. lincoln center’s elinor bunin munroe film center (uws), free tickets will be distributed at the box office starting one hour prior to the event. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): seth herzog’s long-running sweet comedy show returns with performances by roy wood, jr. (the daily show), jordan carlos (colbert), brandon wardell (comedy central), victor varnado (comedy central), and more. the slipper room (les), $10. >>

sponsored: 7:30pm: bobby berk, karamo brown, and tan france (three of the beloved hosts of netflix’s viral hit queer eye) celebrate the publication of their new book queer eye: love yourself. love your life. in conversation with jordana hochman. symphony space (uws), $39-49 admission include a copy of the book. >>

7:30pm: the ‘scenes through the cinema lens’ retrospective series at bmcc tribeca pac examines ingmar bergman at 100 with scenes from his greatest films as well as parodies of his work. hosted by professor and author krin gabbard. bmcc tribeca performing arts center (tribeca), free. >>

8pm: see crystal visions at stevie, the comedy show with a name inspired by stevie nicks. featuring: josh gondelman (last week tonight), kate willett (netflix), jay jurden, sarah squirm, jon wan, and andres govea. hosted by drew anderson, marcia belsky and sam taggart. our wicked lady (bushwick), free. >>

8:30pm (weekly): just come!, a new comedy show from pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by josh gondelman (last week tonight), tom thakkar (conan), sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), yedoye travis (colbert), emma willmann (crazy ex-girlfriend), and olivia grace (roast battle). the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show: it’s complicated: how the u.s. shaped the middle east: comedian mehdi barakchian and writer kylie holloway answer your biggest questions about the middle east. caveat (les), $12 adv with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show (quarterly): the am i write, ladies? variety show showcases new prose, storytelling, comedy, burlesque, theater, and more by women and gender non-conforming artists. tonight’s theme: back to school, learning, tutoring mishaps, talent shows, sex ed, and more. hosted by cassidy graves. the footlight (ridgewood), $10. >>

9:30pm: improv team straight to video will create a cliché-ridden, improvised family drama based on audience suggestions at the tank (midtown west). $7. >>

10pm (monthly): word weavers adam wade (20-time moth storyslam winner), halle kiefer (vulture) and maggie maxwell (kids these days) share true stories about the holidays at this month’s edition of the nights of our lives storytelling show. hosted by david martin. ucb east village, $9. >>

coming up

11/28-12/24: urbanspace’s columbus circle holiday market returns for the season. >>

11/28 11am: tickets go on sale today for december 15th’s nostalgia swing train party at the new york transit museum. the annual event sells out quickly, and includes an express train ride, live jazz bands, swing dancing, and more. $30. >>

11/28 2:30-5:30pm: enjoy a cup of free hot chocolate with toppings outside of ocean prime restaurant (123 w 52nd st). >>

11/28 5:30pm: nyu associate professor of sociology and environmental studies colin jerolmack discusses his book on one of the world’s most common city birds (and bert’s favorite animal), the global pigeon. webster library (yorkville), free. >>

11/28 6pm doors, 6:30pm show: brooklyn historical society presents remembering the 70s and 80s: a bygone brooklyn, a look at nyc photographer larry racioppo’s new book, brooklyn before: photographs, 1971-1983). in conversation with nypl photo founding curator julia van haaften and new york daily news columnist denis hamill and journalist tom robbins. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), $10. >>

11/28 7pm: the school of visual arts honors illustrator roz chast with the 30th annual masters series award and a comprehensive retrospective of her work, including never-before-seen cartooning and illustration work, selections from her books, a new hand-drawn mural, high school notebooks, and more. a talk with the artist will be held at sva theatre on 11/28, and a gallery opening reception will take place on 11/29. sva chelsea gallery, free. >>

11/28 7pm (monthly): b-i-n-g-oh yeah! pop!: a pop-culture bingo party is through b3ing cool at this month’s emo/pop-punk edition, filled with video clips, mini games, and chances to win food, drinks, and more. hosted by pop-culture obsessive bobby hankinson. parklife (gowanus), free admission, $2 to play. >>

11/28 7pm: the 86th annual rockefeller center christmas tree lighting ceremony features a 72-foot-tall norway spruce decorated with 50,000 lights and a nine-foot-wide star, plus performances by john legend, tony bennett, diana krall, diana ross, and more. free. >>

11/28 7pm doors, 8pm show: at the drunk science show, three inebriated comedians compete to present the best dissertation to a real scientist. this month’s sex theme features dr. zhana vrangalova (sex researcher, writer, and educator) and comedians karen chee (the new yorker), ryan beck (comedy central) and benito skinner (youtube). hosted by joanna rothkopf (jezebel), shannon odell (neuroscience phd candidate), and jordan mendoza (once was pre-med). littlefield (gowanus), $5 adv, $8 dos. >>

11/28 7:30pm: 8 emerging + established choreographers of various dance forms showcase new works at the quarterly ‘8 in show’ dance series, curated by sangeeta yesley. dixon place (les), $15-18 general, $12-15 students/seniors/idnyc. >>

11/28 8pm: comedians share photos, diary entries, and the occasional angst-filled musical number to take jabs at their younger selves at the roast of your 15-year-old self show. hosted by alise morales. the pit loft (chelsea), $8. >>

11/28 8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features jessica kirson (fallon), kenny deforest (seth meyers), petey deabreu (tru tv), andrew orolfo, and tom beecher. hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

11/28 8pm (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up from jacqueline novak (how to weep in public), melody kamali (siriusxm), casey balsham (gotham comedy live), and brendan gay. hosted by emily winter. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

11/28 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: clark jones (crashing), rob cantrell (comedy central), kenny deforest (seth meyers), joyelle johnson (trutv), kerry coddett (hbo), and jeff arcuri (colbert). hosted by tommy mcnamara. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

11/28 10pm: get funked at the house of yes funk you dance party. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>

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